[nSLUG] question...

Gerald linux at zdoit.airpost.net
Mon Oct 5 18:09:55 ADT 2009



Mike Spencer wrote:
. . . .
> Bonus trivia: Does anybody know how I could get some amusing use out
> of the following piece of hardware?  I have two of them but no
> dongles.
> 
>     Northern Telecom/Brock Telecom Sentinel
>     NTA005AB  05-15-92
>     NATO 5810-21-908-9364
> 
>     Rear panel:
>        Two female 25-pin plugs labeled "RS-232 Plaintext" and "RS-232
>        Ciphertext" and 115V AC plug.
> 
>     Front panel:
>        Datakey Keyceptacle port (dongle port?), two-line LCD display,
>        cursor movement and "Enter" buttons, indicator lights.
> 
>     Of interest inside:
>        DSP5600 DSP chip
>        AMZ8068 DES chip (1984)
>        80C186  CPU
> 
>        and a really weird circuit board etched to create a sort of
>        maze but with no components mounted, glued flat into the case.
>        Some kind of Faraday-cage type thing?
> 
> - Mike
> 

Mike,

Sounds like some sort of crypto gear. The dongle would contain key(s). A
faraday cage would be important to keep the signal from leaking.

-- 
Gerald



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